FG gives conditions for reopening of land border


Goods coming into Nigeria must have 30 per cent local input.

This is one of many other conditions handed down to ECOWAS countries clamouring the re-opening of Nigeria’s land borders which were shut in August.

At a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Temporary Partial Closure of Land Borders on Monday, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama speaking on behalf of the Nigerian government noted that goods imported for the Nigerian market must be escorted directly from the port of member states directly to the borders.

The Minister also stated that ECOWAS countries must respect rules of origin, vowing that Nigeria will no longer tolerate repackaging of imported goods.

Smuggling of contrabands into Nigeria from neighbouring countries had forced the government to shut its land borders indefinitely to correct the ills.

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